PlayStation Store Will Stop Selling Movies Nobody Bought

PlayStation Store Will Stop Selling Movies Nobody Bought
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Have you ever bought a movie or TV show through the PlayStation Store? Me neither. As a result, Sony announced today it will remove them, starting August 31, 2021.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles,” Sony wrote in a post over on the PlayStation Blog. “With this shift in customer behaviour, we have decided to no longer offer movie and TV purchases and rentals through PlayStation Store.”

As a multimedia company producing movies and TV alongside music and games, it made sense for Sony to sell all of it through various iterations of the PlayStation’s digital storefront, in theory at least. In practice, it seems like console owners were mostly just interested in buying games, especially following the rise of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Hopefully, this also means the PlayStation Store will become a lot less cluttered and easier to navigate starting in September. Browsing and search is currently a pain in the arse thanks to all of the extra stuff floating around. A few more overhauls and it might even one day be pleasant to hunt for new games to play.

Comments

  • im sorry, why do you presume just because you didnt do something, that means everyone else was the same? I rent all the time through them, and bought the odd old film from them when I was suddenly in the mood to watch.

    • pretty sure Sony made the decision based on actual sales data from the platform itself…so you’re likely in the minority here

      • What an auspicious day! Blakeavon is finally a minority like he always wanted. He’ll be playing the victim card for months!

    • dude gets offended because hyperbolic headline written for lols doesn’t capture his specific circumstances. news at 11

      • I don’t think you can really talk about people being offended easily. You don’t have the best track record here. Hell even I have blown up once or twice in my time.

  • Sony: “Now, these movies are strictly ornamental. There is only one bozo who buys them.”
    Me: “But I…. oh.”

  • Might be a good move if they have an alternative in mind, like a subscription service or package with their other online services.

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